The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s NestTranslated by Reg Keeland
The manhunt for Lisbeth Salander is over. She was badly injured and had to be taken into custody and into the hospital. Salander has been cleared of the murders she had been accused of committing in The Girl Who Played With Fire. She is still under arrest, though, for attempted murder (that may have been self defense) and other felony counts. She had been in a psychiatric hospital when she was in her early teens. Now the powers in charge want her recommitted for the rest of her life. She is a danger to herself and other citizens in Sweden.
Salander watched her private life get plastered across all the Swedish newspapers while the police had been looking for her. Now, in the hospital, the stories are still getting in the papers, although not as scandalous. Now they are attacking her credibility and sanity.
Although she has been a loner all her adult life, Salander has a few staunch friends. Mikael Blomkvist is the strongest, the one is wants to prove to the world that she is quite sane and has been a victim since she was quite young. While his journal, the Millenium, had been working on a sex slave expose, they uncovered hints and pieces of a hidden government Section that may have been behind all of Salander’s misjustice. They start digging. The Section covers more of its tracks.
No visitors are allowed except medical personnel, yet Salander is able to maintain some contacts outside the hospital. Although she still doesn’t like Blomkvist, she believes she can trust him. He hires a lawyer for her for when she is out of the hospital. She gets hold of her contacts and everybody starts digging. They find more truth to her story. Now they have to gather and reveal it before she is declared incompetent and shut away for the rest of her life.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the conclusion to Stieg Larsson’s trilogy about Lisbeth Salander. It is as powerful as the first two, going yet a slightly different direction. Do NOT read this one without reading the previous novel. Although this one is different, the details from the background are necessary to make this one come to life. It’s filled with friendship, hacking, and conspiracies. There are different stories wound together – Salander’s rescue, Blomkvist’s romances, a woman’s stalking, Sweden’s conspiracy, and keeping large secrets.
Once again the prose is fast paced. Larsson keeps the reader sucked in with anticipation of the final come uppance of the antagonists. The reader knows (as the reader, not as a participant) that things will turn out all right and Salander will be vindicated. But getting there is the story. But there’s more. Salander has to learn how to handle the final verdict against her. Her life is going to change no matter what.
The character’s relationships help determine the story. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is not only an exciting suspense, but also a good study in people. Again, it’s harsh at times, although not as graphic as the first two. The novel is a good conclusion to Stieg Larsson’s trilogy.
Notice: Non-graphic violence, Strong indecent language, Suggestive dialogue or situations